1/11/10 U.S.Defeats Demand Expanded Terror Tactics with New 'Mood Music''


Defense Department's office of security review memo to Pentagon from the Office of Management and Budget, the executive-branch agency that vets public statements by administration officials before release:
"...this administration prefers to avoid using the term 'Long War' or 'Global War on Terror' (GWOT).
Please use 'Overseas Contingency Operation."
John A. Nagl, former Army officer, co-author of U.S. military's latest counterinsurgency field manual, said the phrase GWOT "was enormously unfortunate because it pulled together disparate organizations and insurgencies... Our strategy should be to divide and conquer rather than make of enemies more than they are," said Nagl, now president of the Center for a New American Security, a defense policy think tank in Washington. "We are facing a number of different insurgencies around the globe -- some have local causes, some of them are transnational. Viewing them all through one lens distorts the picture and magnifies the enemy."...The memo advised Pentagon personnel to "please pass this onto your speechwriters and try to catch this change before statements make it to OMB."...posted 3/26/09 digest http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/180

"Not a war on terrorism', call it overseas contingency operations'
Obama used the word "terrorism" at least seven times in past few weeks -- before Flight 253 -- including during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and when announcing his new plan for more troops in Afghanistan.

Inside Obama’s War on Terrorism
...Barack Obama was inaugurated as the first president to take office in the Age of Terrorism. He inherited two struggles — one with Al Qaeda and its ideological allies, and another that divides his own country over issues like torture, prosecutions, security and what it means to be an American...“...we’re doing things very well, but we’re losing the messaging war,” Michael Leiter, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told him a week after the election... A significant share of the global population thought America was at war against the rest of the world, Leiter maintained. “You have an opportunity to change that message, to change how the struggle is perceived,” he said. Obama was receptive to that mandate. “We’re going to do that,” he replied... the new president, during his first year, has adopted the bulk of the counterterrorism strategy he found on his desk when he arrived in the Oval Office, a strategy already moderated from the earliest days after Sept. 11, 2001... For all his talk of change, Obama has kept a lot of veterans of the Bush administration in place. Besides Brennan, there is Gates still atop the Pentagon, as well as Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff appointed by Bush, and Michael Vickers, still the assistant Defense secretary for special operations. Obama tapped Leon Panetta to take over the C.I.A., he kept the deputy director, Stephen Kappes, along with Leiter, the head of the National Counterterrorism Center...the head of the regional military command overseeing both Afghanistan and Iraq remains Bush’s favorite officer, Gen. David Petraeus, and the White House coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan is Bush’s Iraq war czar, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute. To manage the effort to close Guantánamo, Obama named one of Bush’s assistant secretaries of state, Daniel Fried. The Treasury under secretary chasing terrorist financing is still Stuart Levey, and the National Security Council’s senior director for combating terrorism is still Nick Rasmussen...

The nation is at war with Al Qaeda, Obama says, not with terrorism... a tactic, not an enemy.... so perhaps the biggest change Obama has made is what one former adviser calls the “mood music” — choice of language, outreach to Muslims, rhetorical fidelity to the rule of law and a shift in tone from the all-or-nothing days of the Bush administration...

“The administration came in determined to undo a lot of the policies of the prior administration,” Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the top Republican on the homeland-security committee, told me, “but in fact is finding that many of those policies were better-thought-out than they realized ..."...Michael Hayden, the last C.I.A. director under Bush, was willing to say publicly what others would not. “There is a continuum from the Bush administration, particularly as it changed in the second administration as circumstances changed, and the Obama administration,” Hayden told me. James Jay Carafano, a homeland-security expert at the Heritage Foundation, was blunter. “I don’t think it’s even fair to call it Bush Lite,” he said. “It’s Bush. It’s really, really hard to find a difference that’s meaningful and not atmospheric. You see a lot of straining on things trying to make things look repackaged, but they’re really not that different.”

The Christmas Day plot touched off a new round among Obama’s critics [digest: among the myriad uses of partisan politics...] about whether the president is enough of a warrior for the fight against Islamic terrorism. But he has spent much of his time in office killing suspected extremists. With information processed at NCTC and elsewhere, Obama has authorized the C.I.A. to greatly expand a program inherited from Bush using unmanned Predator and Reaper drones to launch missiles at suspected Al Qaeda hideouts along the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan...
The C.I.A. has launched 53 such strikes in Obama’s first year in office, more than during Bush’s entire presidency, according to data compiled by Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann at the New America Foundation... Obama has authorized doubling the number of drones in the Pakistani border area, as well as increasing the presence over Yemen and Somalia, officials said...

If terrorism has not been the driving force of the Obama presidency, neither has it been the catalytic issue to the American people that it was more than eight years ago, when the twin towers collapsed in a heap of steel, concrete and bodies. Yet that mood can change in a hurry, as the Christmas Day plot showed. ...

White House to Keep Agency Focus on Terrorism
The Obama administration is moving to solidify one of the most significant shifts of resources put into place under President George W. Bush: the transformation of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into agencies where the top priority is counterterrorism rather than conventional law enforcement... The administration’s position underscores the extent to which Mr. Obama’s legal team has found itself following many of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies...

"We actually misnamed the war on terror...It ought to be the struggle against ideological extremists who do not believe in free societies who happen to use terror as a weapon..."
George Bush, August 2004

this 'culture': based on and serving the u.s. capitalist-imperialist political economic system
"We are members of the most destructive culture ever to exist. Our assault on the natural world, on indigenous and other cultures, on women, on children, on all of us through the possibility of nuclear suicide and other means--all these are unprecedented in their magnitude and ferocity..."
Derrick Jensen
"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do."
Samuel P. Huntington

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"Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government."
:Henry Kissinger(1923- ) Former US Secretary of State, Speaking at Bilderberg Meeting, Evian, France, May 21, 1992

"The extraordinary impact of the President-elect on the imagination of humanity is an important element in shaping a new world order. But it defines an opportunity, not a policy. The ultimate challenge is to shape the common concern of most countries and all major ones regarding the economic crisis, together with a common fear of jihadist terrorism, into a strategy reinforced by the realization that the new issues like proliferation, energy and climate change permit no national or regional solution."
Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger: The world must forge a new order or retreat to chaos
global upheaval presents 'great opportunity' -- Obama primed to create 'New World Order'
The Independent 1/20/09: Henry Kissinger: The world must forge a new order or retreat to chaos
HK: National Security Adviser, 1969-75, US Secretary of State, 1973-77.
"... India, Pakistan...the jihadist movement. So he can't really say there is one problem... the most important one. But he can give new impetus to American foreign policy partly because the reception of him is so extraordinary around the world. His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created. It's a great opportunity, it isn't just a crisis." Kissinger added Obama's cabinet is an "extraordinarily able group of people."..."The jihadist crisis is bringing home to everybody that international affairs cannot be conducted entirely by drawing borders and defining international politics by who crosses what borders with organized military force, this has now been reinforced by the financial crisis, which...has spread around the world. It limits the resources each country has for a foreign policy geared to an assertion of its own interests." ...
The financial and political crises are, in fact, closely related partly because, during the period of economic exuberance, a gap had opened up between the economic and the political organisation of the world. The economic world has been globalised. Its institutions have a global reach and have operated by maxims that assumed a self-regulating global market. The financial collapse exposed the mirage. It made evident the absence of global institutions to cushion the shock and to reverse the trend. Inevitably, when the affected publics turned to their political institutions, these were driven principally by domestic politics, not considerations of world order. Every major country has attempted to solve its immediate problems essentially on its own and to defer common action to a later, less crisis-driven point. ...Not since the inauguration of president John F Kennedy half a century ago has a new administration come into office with such a reservoir of expectations. It is unprecedented that all the principal actors on the world stage are avowing their desire to undertake the transformations imposed on them by the world crisis in collaboration with the United States.
The extraordinary impact of the President-elect on the imagination of humanity is an important element in shaping a new world order. But it defines an opportunity, not a policy. The ultimate challenge is to shape the common concern of most countries and all major ones regarding the economic crisis, together with a common fear of jihadist terrorism, into a strategy reinforced by the realisation that the new issues like proliferation, energy and climate change permit no national or regional solution.
The Independent 1/20/09: Henry Kissinger: The world must forge a new order or retreat to chaos

"Force does not reveal to the victim the strength of his adversary....it reveals the weakness, even the panic of his adversary and this revelation invests the victim with patience."
James Baldwin

that's what amerikan soft power 'aid', 'advisers', proxies and 'peacekeepers' like AFRICOM are for, stupid...
Obama: No US troops to Yemen
The US president said he has no intention of sending troops to Yemen, adding that he still believes the centre of al-Qaeda activity lies along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan...referring to Somalia in a People magazine interview,Obama said: "I have no intention of sending US boots on the ground in these regions...

Obama Indicates Escalating US Military Involvement in Yemen
Maya Schenwar
This morning, President Barack Obama for the first time attributed the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a Detroit-bound plane to al Qaeda. In his weekly radio address, Obama painted the bombing attempt as an act of war...
According to Obama, the Christmas bombing suspect is specifically linked with a Yemen-based affiliate of al Qaeda. "We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies," Obama said in this morning's address. "It appears that he joined an affiliate of al Qaeda...
(ed: emphasis/italics added)...US military actions in the weeks before the failed Christmas bombing show a mounting engagement in Yemen. On December 17, the US launched missiles against two suspected al Qaeda sites in that country, according to ABC News. Yemeni officials estimated that the strikes killed up to 120 people, many of whom were civilians...
Since this most recent bombing attempt, according to Obama, the US has stepped up its "partnership" with Yemen, "training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al Qaeda terrorists." Obama's statements indicate US military involvement in Yemen is on the rise --- raising questions about the development of another major front in the "war on terror." The president described a series of recent US-supported military actions in Yemen, undertaken in response to the Christmas Day bombing attempt. "Training camps have been struck; leaders eliminated; plots disrupted," Obama said.... http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=61748&s2=03

At least 12 killled as Saudi jets 'continue' targeting Yemen villages:
Saudi airstrikes on northern Yemeni villages killed over a dozen civilians

A Convenient Bomb Plot
By Finian Cunningham
So, just when the US public is growing increasingly weary of these trillion-dollar wars...with no end in sight, for no credible purpose, and just when Washington wants to expand its regional war into Yemen - we conveniently have the "Christmas Day bomb plot" with a Yemeni connection... a gift for US war aims.

Obama Says Al Qaeda in Yemen Planned Bombing Plot, and He Vows Retribution
January 2, 2010
“Instead of succumbing to partisanship and division, let’s summon the unity that this moment demands,” [Obama] said. “Let’s work together, with a seriousness of purpose, to do what must be done to keep our country safe... ”National Counterterrorism Center director, Michael E. Leiter [said] “While this attempt ended in failure, we know with absolute certainty that Al Qaeda and those who support its ideology continue to refine their methods to test our defenses and pursue an attack on the homeland.”...Administration officials and intelligence analysts previously had said they were increasingly confident Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni branch calls itself, was involved, as it claimed....Friday General Petraeus announced that this year the United States would more than double the $70 million in security aid it sent Yemen in 2009 to help fight Al Qaeda. Britain announced Sunday that it and the United States would jointly finance a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen, news services reported. In addition, a senior American military commander said Saturday that United States development assistance over the next three years to Yemen is projected to be about $120 million....

by Rand Clifford
The "experts" know bin Laden is dead, intelligence analysts, everyone with genuine knowledge of the situation..overview plus more links at WHAT REALLY HAPPENED [5].
[1] http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html [2] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2135473.stm [3] http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/asiapcf/central/10/06/karzai.binladen/ [4] http://edition.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/10/26/binladen.will/ [5] http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osama_dead.html [6] http://www.newamericancentury.org/

did you miss this? and much more at http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/261NW FLIGHT #253: USraeli 'black op" did 'work perfectly'
Israeli Firm Responsible for Amsterdam Airport Security Where Terrorist Boarded Aircraft
December 27, 2009
An Israeli firm is responsible for security inspections in the airport in Schiphol, Holland, the airport where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded the Airbus 330 heading for Detroit (USA). The Israeli company, ICTS, is reportedly one of the leaders in security, & operates in Amsterdam and a number of other European countries.

saving state terrorist faces
Israeli Firm Blasted...
Two decades ago, ICTS adopted the system used in Israel, profiling and assessing the degree to which a passenger is a potential threat on the basis of a number indicators (including age, name, origin and behavior during questioning). At the same time, a decade ago, the company developed a technological system called APS (Advanced Passenger Screening)... based on a computerized algorithm, and fed passenger information from the airline company... According to the company's Web site, most of the large airlines in the United States use the system.
However - in real time - the system of ICTS failed. [HAHAHA] Even if U.S. intelligence failed and the name of the Nigerian passenger was not pinpointed as a suspect for the airline, he should have stirred the suspicion of the security officers. His age, name, illogical travel route, high-priced ticket purchased at the last minute, his boarding without luggage (only a carry on) and many other signs should have been sufficient to alert the security officers and warrant further examination of the suspect. However, the security supervisor representing I-SEC and PI allowed him to get on the flight. ['EMPLOYEE ERROR']
ICTS was established in 1982 by former members of the Shin Bet and El Al security. Menachem Atzmon, who has been chairman of the board of directors since 2004, holds the controlling shares in the firm. ICTS headquarters are in the Netherlands and the company is traded in the New York Stock Exchange. The company prides itself on employing 1,300 persons and providing security services to airports in 11 countries including France, Britain, Spain, Hungary, Romania and Russia.

U.S. To Store [sic] $800 Mil in Emergency Gear in Israel:
The U.S. Army will double the value of emergency military equipment it stockpiles on Israeli soil, and Israel will be allowed to use the U.S. ordnance in the event of a military emergency, according to a report in Monday’s issue of the U.S. weekly Defense News.http://www.forward.com/articles/123141/

Watch BBC's "The State Within' [2 disc DVDs] about a stunningly similar U.S. state 'black op'!
Yemen Details Bomb Suspect’s Actions Before Attempt
The Nigerian man who tried to bomb an airplane on Christmas Day probably met with radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born Internet preacher, in Yemen before setting out on his journey...Mr. Awlaki’s calls for holy war resonate among Qaeda sympathizers. He exchanged e-mail messages with an American officer, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed last November...Rashad al-Alimi, deputy prime minister for national security and defense said British and American intelligence services had not warned the Yemeni authorities about any security concerns relating to Mr. Abdulmutallab before the attack... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/08/world/middleeast/08yemen.html?hp

another 'failed effort', probably based on successful 'homeland' brainwashing
Deprogramming Jihadists: police and intelligence efforts to create intense internal pressure within terrorist groups are more successful at fighting extremism than military actions
...Though the exact nature of the role that religious belief plays in the recruitment of jihadists is the subject of much debate among scholars of terrorism, a growing number contend that ideology is far less important than family and group dynamics, psychological and emotional needs. “We’re finding that they don’t generally join for religious reasons,” John Horgan told me. A political psychologist who directs the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State, Horgan has interviewed dozens of former terrorists. “Terrorist movements seem to provide a sense of adventure, excitement, vision, purpose, camaraderie,” he went on, “and involvement with them has an allure that can be difficult to resist. But the ideology is usually something you acquire once you’re involved.”...How and why violent extremists come to leave their organizations are a fairly new focus in academic studies of terrorism. Horgan’s findings — that simple fear and disillusionment can play a major role in an individual’s decision to disengage from his group... echoed by a recent RAND Corporation report on the demise of terrorist groups... found that efforts

*Obama adds 675 million Muslims to the ultimate US Terrorism List*
Franklin Lamb
However President Obama is judged on various subjects for his first year in office, he has already made history in the way that neither his predecessor nor any other leader has ever managed. On January 3, 2010, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued new security directives to all United States and international air carriers with inbound flights to the U.S. effective January 4, 2010. The TSA press release sought to assure the traveling public: "The new directive includes long-term sustainable security measures developed in consultation with law enforcement officials and our domestic and international partners." At midnight Washington DC time, January 3, it went into effect and placed 675,000,000 (675 million) more Muslims and Arabs on yet another 'Terrorism 'list. Also added were Nigerian and Cuban Christians but they were not the target...http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=61848&s2=06

a lesson in creating public opinion to expand u.s. fascist state power
Homeland Security Policy Institute Commentary Series
HSPI Commentary 08
January 8, 2010
...If we are serious about stopping our adversaries in their tracks however, we will need solid intelligence, the capacity to share and appreciate it effectively, and the ability to
operationalize it to our frontline people capable of making an interdiction. If 9/11 was a failure of imagination, and Katrina was a failure of initiative, then Abdulmutallab was a failure of synthesis and analysis on our part. The information was largely there, but it was not pieced together in a way that supported sufficiently timely action.
Intelligence is the lifeblood of counterterrorism... In the intelligence domain..A chilling effect based on fear of future prosecution may inhibit proactive sharing and aggressive actions while encouraging bureaucratic punting and backside-covering....we are encumbered by a huge bureaucracy with sixteen constituent components that together still form a whole that is something far less than a cohesive community....Compounding the situation is the international dimension: foreign intelligence. Are we obtaining all that we need from our partners beyond borders?

Experts: world watch lists are flawed terror tool
Around the world, watch lists are a key tool against terrorism - but highly imperfect... Alain Chouet, former chief of the security intelligence service at France's counterintelligence agency, estimated that lists he saw when working in intelligence were only about "10 percent viable.""The identity of people outside the European tradition is vague. People can change their names, and there is the problem of transcription into European alphabets," he said....European Union nations and close allies like the U.S. routinely share information. "It is outside Europe that we have the problem," Britain's Home Secretary Alan Johnson noted this week....
Rolf Tophoven, director of the Germany-based Institute for Terrorism Research and Security Policy, said the bloated U.S. bureaucracy was to blame for intelligence failures in the Christmas Day bombing attempt. Leaner intelligence services have proven much more effective because there is better communication, and information is less likely to fall through the cracks, he said. "Look at Israeli intelligence services and their effectiveness countering terrorism and I think you can take one lesson - small but effective," he said.

USraeli fascist partners
Airport security seeks to sneak a peek inside your mind
CHICAGO — A would-be terrorist tries to board a plane, bent on mass murder. As he walks through a security checkpoint, fidgeting and glancing around, high-tech machines analyze his body language and read his mind.Screeners pull him aside. Tragedy is averted.
As far-fetched as that may sound, systems that aim to get inside the head of a potential terrorist are among the proposals by security experts thinking beyond the X-ray machines and metal detectors used on millions of passengers and bags each year. In the wake of the Christmas Day bombing attempt over Detroit, President Obama called on the Homeland Security and the Energy departments to develop better screening technology, warning: "In the never-ending race to protect our country, we have to stay one step ahead of a nimble adversary."... ideas offered by security experts for staying one step ahead include sophisticated sensors, more intensive interrogations of travelers by screeners trained in human behavior and lifting U.S. prohibitions against profiling. Some of the more unusual ideas are being tested... Here's a look at some of the ideas that could shape the future of airline security:
THE ISRAELI MODEL Some say the United States should take a page from Israel's book on security. At Israeli airports, widely considered the most secure in the world, travelers are subjected to probing personal questions as screeners look them in the eye for signs of deception. Searches are meticulous, with screeners often scrutinizing every item in a bag, unfolding socks, squeezing toothpaste and flipping through books.
"All must look to Israel and learn from them. This is not a post-911 thing for them. They've been doing this since 1956," said Michael Goldberg, president of IDO Security, which developed a device that can scan shoes for hidden weapons while they are still on people's feet. Israel also employs profiling: At Ben-Gurion Airport, Jewish Israelis typically pass through smoothly, while others may be taken aside for closer interrogation or strip-searches. Another distinguishing feature of Israeli airports is that they rely on concentric security rings that start miles from terminals. Rafi Ron, former security director at Ben-Gurion and now a consultant for Boston's Logan International Airport, said U.S. airports also need to be careful not to overcommit to securing passenger-entry points at airports, forgetting about the rest of the field..."When you see a typical family — dressed like a family, acts like a family, interacts with each other like a family ... when their passport details match — let's get them through...Stop wasting time much better spent screening people we've got more concerns about."
Mind readers: The aim of one company that blends high technology and behavioral psychology is hinted at in its name, WeCU, as in "We See You." The system that Israeli-based WeCU Technologies has devised and is testing in Israel projects images onto airport screens, such as symbols associated with a certain terrorist group or some other image only a would-be terrorist would recognize, Chief Executive Ehud Givon said. The logic is that people can't help reacting, even if only subtly, to familiar images that suddenly appear in unfamiliar places. If you strolled through an airport and saw a picture of your mother, Givon said, you couldn't help but respond. The reaction could be a darting of the eyes, an increased heartbeat, a nervous twitch or faster breathing. The WeCU system would use humans to do some of the observing but would rely mostly on hidden cameras or sensors that can detect a slight rise in body temperature and heart rate. Far more sensitive devices under development that can take such measurements from a distance would be incorporated later. If the sensors picked up a suspicious reaction, the traveler could be pulled out of line for further screening. "One by one, you can screen out from the flow of people those with specific malicious intent," Givon said...
Some critics have expressed horror at the approach, likening it to "brain fingerprinting." For civil libertarians [NB psychologically suggestive use of the term's constant refrain], attempting to read a person's thoughts comes uncomfortably close to the future world depicted in the movie "Minority Report," where a policeman played by Tom Cruise targets people for "pre-crimes," [ed: FBI has a 'pre-crimes unit']or merely thinking about breaking the law.
LIE DETECTORS... being studied by Homeland Security, the Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST, works like a souped-up polygraph. It would subject people pulled aside for additional screening to a battery of tests — including scans of facial movements and pupil dilation — for signs of deception. Small platforms similar to the balancing boards used in the Nintendo Wii would help detect fidgeting. At a demonstration of the system in Boston last year, project manager Robert Burns said that people who harbor ill will display involuntary physiological reactions that others — such as those who are stressed out for ordinary reasons, like being late for a plane — don't. The system could be made to work passively, scanning people as they walk through a security line...

no means too vile in the psywar to whip up racist amerikan state terror support
US General Urges Strip Search of Muslim Men
A retired US AF general and member of Iran Policy Committee (IPC) Thomas McInerney, told Fox News television "there is a danger of high probability" awaiting US airliners...that all 18 to 28 years old Muslim men should be strip searched at airports as "one of these bombers" will explode an airliner within the next 30 to 120 days...US officials should profile all Muslims. "We have to use profiling. And I mean be very serious and harsh about the profiling."...Lawmakers and congressional leaders in the US have echoed similar sentiments urging President Obama abandon or suspend his plan to shutter the Guantanamo Bay Prison. Around half of the remaining Gitmo detainees are from Yemen, and about 40 of them have been cleared for release.

Crack New Scanner Looks for Bombs Inside Body Cavities
By David Hambling January 8, 2010
The “underpants bomber” has renewed calls for new and more invasive security measures. Already, there’s a push to install scanners that show travelers’ naked bodies through clothing, using either millimeter wave or backscatter X-ray imaging. But even those scanners might not have caught the terrorist who nearly brought down Northwest flight 253. That’s why one company is trumpeting a sensor that can supposedly “detect substances such as explosive materials … hidden inside or outside of the human body.” First step: Actually build a human-sized machine.
Nesch, a company based in Crown Point, Indiana, may have a solution. It’s called diffraction-enhanced X-ray imaging or DEXI, which employs proprietary diffraction enhanced imaging and multiple image radiography (.pdf). Rather than simply shining X-rays through the subject and looking at the amount that passes through (like a conventional X-ray machine), DEXI analyzes the X-rays that are scattered or refracted by soft tissue or other low-density material. Conventional X-rays show little more than the skeleton, but the new technique can reveal far more, which makes it useful for both medical and security applications. “Our patented technology can detect substances such as explosive materials, narcotics, and low-density plastics hidden inside or outside of the human body,” company CEO Ivan Nesch claims. DEXI allows explosives to create contrast, he adds, so it would be able to detect both the underpants bomber and the shoe bomber before they boarded. The image above shows how a conventional radiograph does not detect two packets of “illegal materials” concealed in soft tissue, while they are plainly visible in when DEXI technology is used. The process of taking the images, analyzing them, and then recognizing substances of interest — such as explosives — can be automated. Alerts issued can be computer-generated. Security staff would simply have to get passengers in and out of the imaging unit. “The initial expected throughput is approximately one to two passengers a minute,” according to Nesch. “Once installed and tested in real applications, the throughput will be increased.” Nesch has already demonstrated the technology with a unit originally designed for imaging small animals. The next stage is a human-sized unit, which is being “finalized for extensive testing.” Nesch plans to start taking orders for the new unitin March this year.

Intel developing brain chip implant
Computerworld Nov. 19, 2009
Computer chip maker Intel wants to implant a brain-sensing chip directly into the brains of its customers to allow them to operate computers and other devices without moving a muscle. Intel believes its customers would be willing to have a chip implanted in their brains so they could operate computers without the need for a keyboard or mouse using thoughts alone. The implant could also be used to operate devices such as cell phones, TVs and DVDs. The chip is being developed at Intel's laboratory in Pittsburgh, USA. It would sense brain activity using technology based on FMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging). The brain sensing chips are not yet available, but Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau thinks they are close.... Pomerleau said researchers are close to gaining the ability to build brain sensing technology into a head set that could be used to manipulate a computer. The next step is development of a tiny, far less cumbersome sensor implanted inside the brain....

CIA reportedly ordered Blackwater to murder 9/11 suspect
Diana Sweet
January 5, 2010 - In 2004, the CIA sent a team from the private security firm Blackwater, now Xe, to Hamburg to kill an alleged al Qaeda financier who was investigated for years by German authorities on suspicion of links to al Qaeda, according to a little-highlighted element in a Vanity Fair article to be published this month. The report cited a source familiar with the program as saying the mission had been kept secret from the German government...

CIA Attacker a Regular CIA Informant
The suicide bomber who killed at least six Central Intelligence Agency officers in a base along the Afghan-Pakistan border on Wednesday was a regular CIA informant who had visited the same base multiple times in the past, according to someone close to the base's security director.... The officers killed in the attack were at the heart of the United States' effort against senior members of al Qaeda and the Taliban, former intelligence officials say. They collected intelligence on the militant commanders living on both sides of the border and helped run paramilitary campaigns that tired to kill those commanders, including the drone program that has killed a dozen senior al Qaeda with missiles fired from unpiloted aircraft.
The story seems to corroborate a claim by the Taliban on the Pakistani side of the border that they had turned a CIA asset into a double agent and sent him to kill the officers in the base, located in the eastern Afghan province of Khost. The infiltration into the heart of the CIA's operation in eastern Afghanistan deals a strong blow to the agency's ability to fight Taliban and al Qaeda, former intelligence officials say..."The war that is going on between the CIA and the bad guys in this part of the world is a real war," says Tim Weiner, author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA." "The CIA is targeting them with missiles fired by drone aircraft and they are taking their revenge in the way they know best -- which is to kill the people who are trying to kill them. ... This attack is one of the consequences of using targeted killing as a weapon of war."... The infiltration into the CIA base suggests an extremely high level of sophistication, even for a network that has a huge reach across the area... The ability for the CIA to replace the officers and institutional knowledge taken away by the attack will help decide the war in Afghanistan, former intelligence officials argue. CIA historian Tim Wiener says, "The war we are in is going to be won or lost by the quality of intelligence the CIA can gather in the field."

weeping father tells truth
In a video released to Al Jazeera on Saturday, Hammam Khalil al-Balawi is shown shooting a gun as he describes how the attack would target US and Jordanian intelligence agents....Khalil al-Balawi, Balawi’s father, spoke from his home in the Jordanian capital, Amman and confirmed that it showed his son, saying he was not astonished by what his son had done. "We are not surprised, fighting the arrogant, unjust, haughty and tyrant American who kills civilians and innocent people makes the whole Islamic world hate America ... I say that Hammam sacrificed his body and soul for the oppressed. "Khalil al-Balawi also harshly criticised intelligence officials for his son’s change. "I blame the agencies that recruited him, and changed him"... http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/01/2010197189398339.html

Jordan emerges as key CIA counterterrorism ally
By Joby Warrick The Washington Post
Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said the special relationship with Jordan dates back at least three decades and has recently progressed to the point that the CIA liaison officer in Amman enjoys full, unescorted access to the GID's fortresslike headquarters. The close ties helped disrupt several known terrorist plots, including the thwarted 2000 "millennium" conspiracy to attack tourists at hotels and other sites. Jordanians also provided U.S. officials with communications intercepts in summer 2001 that warned of terrorist plans to carry out a major attack on the United States. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Jordan agreed to create a bilateral operations center with the CIA and helped in interrogations of non-Jordanian suspects captured by the CIA and transferred to Jordan in now-famous "rendition" flights....Critics of the country's pro-U.S. policy say the closeness stems, in part, from Jordan's receipt of about $500 million worth of economic and military aid from the United States each year and from Jordan's status as one of only two Arab states to have signed a peace agreement with Israel. But Jordanian officials say the cooperation with the CIA is motivated by a mutual understanding of the danger posed by al-Qaida and the religious extremism and violence it espouses....

Disrupting the Accommodation
CIA Killings Spell Defeat In Afghanistan
by Douglas Valentine / January 7th, 2010
...Over the course of its sixty year reign of terror, in which it has overthrown countless governments, started countless wars costing countless lives, and otherwise subverted and sabotaged friends and foes alike, the CIA has lost less than 100 officers.On a good day, one CIA drone, and one CIA hit team, kills 100 innocent women and children, and nobody bats an eye.Why would the terrorists suddenly deviate from the norm – the sacred accommodation – and throw the whole game into chaos?

There is a phenomenon called The Universal Brotherhood of Officers...Officers are trained to think of their subordinate ranks as canon fodder. Their troops are expendable. They know when they send a unit up a hill, some will be killed. That is why they do not fraternize with thee lower ranks. This class distinction exists across the world, and is the basis of the sacred accommodation...CIA officers are at the pinnacle of the Universal Brotherhood. They are the Protected Few, blessed with false identities and bodyguards, flying in jet planes, living in villas, eating fancy food and enjoying state of the art technology. CIA officers tell army generals what to do. They direct Congressional committees. They assassinate heads of state and innocent children equally, with impunity, with indifference. In Afghanistan they manage the drug trade from their hammocks in the shade...
CIA officers are trained to exist in this moral netherworld of protected drug dealers, for the simple reasons that the CIA in every conflict has a paramount need to keep secure communication channels open to the enemy. This is CIA 101. The CIA, as part of its mandate, is authorized to negotiate with the enemy, but it can only do so as long as the channel is secure and deniable...

Obama’s Dirty War in Afghanistan relies largely on such clandestine CIA operations, in which wives and children are used as bait to trap husbands – or are killed as a way of punishing the resistance. The CIA plays the same role in Afghanistan [It also has a ‘foreign intelligence” mission... in Pakistan, Iran and other neighboring countries] that the Gestapo played in the cities and the Einsatzgruppen performed in the countryside for the Nazis in World War Two – killing and terrorizing the urban resistance and partisan bands. Its unstated object is to rip apart working and middle class families and thus the whole fabric of Afghan society, until the Afghan people accept American domination.. this is why CIA was targeted.

Documents from the Phoenix Program
supplied and introduced by Douglas Valentine author of The Phoenix Program
Created by the CIA in Saigon in 1967, Phoenix, a program aimed at "neutralizing"— through assassination, kidnapping, and systematic torture— the civilian infrastructure that supported the Viet Cong in South Vietnam.... a terrifying "final solution" (full introduction to Phoenix below.)... The most important documents provided by any one individual came from retired CIA officer Nelson Brickham, the man most responsibile for the creation of the Phoenix Program. Luckily for history, Brickham kept copies of the documents he wrote while with the CIA. otherwise, there would be no documentary evidence... During the evacuation of Saigon in April 1975, the CIA destroyed most of the documents it had about its assassination program, and none of what it kept at Langley headquarters can be obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. This is no accident ---- Phoenix is the model for the equally terrifying US homeland security state apparatus.

Iraqis Decry Settlements in Blackwater Shootings
Several victims of the 2007 shooting[KILLING OF 17 IRAQIS] involving [BY] American private security guards employed by Blackwater claim they were coerced into reaching settlements and demanded the Iraqi government intervene to have the agreements nullified.

Xe / Blackwater wants $1 billion contract to train the new Afghan police force

digest: with massive aid to u.s. owned Arab rulers, powerful anti-imperialist liberation struggles were killed and fundamentalist islamists empowered, because no strong socialist revolutionary leadership exists. jihad resistance, while dealing severe tactical blows to the enemy, also serves it by targeting secular revolutionary resistance necessary for fundamental, strategic, internationalist defeat of u.s. dominant zionist imperialism
“We are not terrorists, we are jihadists, and jihad is not terrorism.”
Ramy Zamzam declared, 1 of the 5 Americans detained in Pakistan who deny terror plot

Thomas: "Why do they want to do us harm? And what is the motivation?"
Brennan: "Al Qaeda is an organization dedicated to murder and wanton slaughter of innocents...They attract individuals like Mr. Abdulmutallab and use them for these types of attacks. He was motivated by a sense of religious sort of drive. Unfortunately, al Qaeda has perverted Islam, and has corrupted the concept of Islam, so that he's (sic) able to attract these individuals. But al Qaeda has the agenda of destruction and death."
Thomas: "And you're saying it's because of religion?"
Brennan: "I'm saying it's because of an al Qaeda organization that used the banner of religion in a very perverse and corrupt way."
Thomas: "Why?"
Brennan: "I think this is a - long issue, but al Qaeda is just determined to carry out attacks here against the homeland."
Thomas: "But you haven't explained why."

digest: No secret to the world that israel is #1U.S. proxy and rulers of well-fattened Arab client states Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, U.A.E. are also vile imperialist-zionist servants
Eighth man killed in attack on CIA in Afghanistan a Jordanian spy
The Washington Post revealed today the eighth man killed in a suicide bomb attack on a secret CIA base in Afghanistan last week was a captain in the Jordanian spy service known as the General Intelligence Department (GID)...shed light on the close ties between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Jordanian spy service in the region...Former intelligence officials told the Washington Post both countries preferred to keep their cooperation in the dark, in part to avoid damaging Jordan's standing among neighboring countries in the Middle East... that the special relationship with Jordan dates back at least three decades and has recently progressed to the point that the CIA liaison officer in Amman enjoys full, unescorted access to GID headquarters, according to the report... The Taliban allegedly claimed responsibility for the incident, which killed at least seven CIA officers and injured six others, and has taken pride in the fact that they were able to infiltrate the Afghan National Army without the US military noticing.... "rare window into a partnership" between the US and Jordanian intelligence service, in which Jordan has significantly contributed to Washington's military operations in the Middle East. "They know the bad guy's... culture, his associates, and more [than anyone] about the network to which he belongs," said Jamie Smith, a former CIA officer who worked in Middle East in the wake of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. According to Smith, who now heads a private security company known as SCG International, Jordanians were particularly skilled with interrogating suspects and cultivating informants.

'surging' resistance against occupier & proxy govt.
Blasts Strike at Officials in Iraq’s West
Four explosions in quick succession tore through a remote town in western Iraq Thursday, killing and injuring at least seven counterterrorism officials, police officers and a lawyer and underlining an increasingly precarious situation in Anbar province...The planning, breadth of the attacks and targets suggested sophistication on the part of the assailants, police said...attacks on police, security officials and local politicians in the past few months have alarmed many as the country prepares for parliamentary elections scheduled for March 7... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/08/world/middleeast/08iraq.html?hp

national anti-imperialist resistance no 'insurgency' : there is no insurgency because there is no legit. national govt., just u.s. installed/directed proxy
‘Afghan Insurgency Can Sustain Itself Indefinitely’: Top U.S. Intel Officer:
The Taliban not only has the “momentum” after the most successful year in its campaign against the United States and the Kabul government. “The Afghan insurgency can sustain itself indefinitely,” according to a briefing from Major General Michael Flynn, the top U.S. intelligence officer in the country.

Surge in casualties predicted in Afghanistan
Americans should prepare to accept hundreds of U.S. casualties each month in Afghanistan during spring offensives with enemy forces.The dire forecast was made by retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, adjunct professor of international affairs at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point...“What I want to do is signal that this thing is going to be $5 billion to $10 billion a month and 300 to 500 killed and wounded a month by next summer... And that’s light casualties,” said McCaffrey, who is also president of his own consulting firm in Arlington, Va.,

Taleban deputy leader warns of more attacks in Afghanistan in 2010
excerpts from an alleged interview. posted by Juan Cole President of the Global Americana Institute (ed: Cole brands all Afghan National Resistance 'Taleban' - as does U.S.)

Mullah "Baradar" Abdul Ghani, on Afghan jihadi Resistance Success
The Americans, British and their other allies in the war in Afghanistan had expected to achieve decisive military results, suppress the Afghans' jihad resistance, recapture all the areas and parts controlled by the mojahedin and pave the way for administration and activities by the puppet Kabul government at the end of the current year by conducting various great military operations, adopting military strategies and using different kinds of weapons during the year, but with special blessings from Great God and the unsparing support and sacrifice of the mojahedin nation, the current year had many surprising and consecutive glad tidings of triumphs and victories for the mojahedin of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The mojahedin not only countered the great military operations by the aggressor forces by forcing them to withdraw and proudly defended the areas controlled by the mojahedin, they also freed and pushed the invaders out of vast areas. The casualties and financial and losses they inflicted on the invaders could be found in reports, speeches and announcements of the Pentagon and other Western sources, who said the casualties of the past seven years has been equal to the losses and casualties of the current year. That means the current year has been the bloodiest year full of calamities and fears for them in the past eight years which is a great achievement of the mojahedin...
the jihad direction and strategy during the current year was more successful and full of victories than we expected, particularly roadside mines, group attacks by suicide bombers on some government and foreign important targets in Kabul and some other provinces and ambushes against foreign and local aggressor forces were very effective. Perhaps, the same attacks may continue with some new tactics. Regarding our future political strategy, I should say that if the aggressor forces continue their military bullying, dream about invading Afghanistan, stand fast or send more troops, they should not expect us to show softness either...
Even if they (the foreigners) send more troops to Afghanistan, they will have no other achievements but heavy casualties.
Now, the situation in Afghanistan has reached a stage where all the areas, deserts, mountains and villages of the country have changed into hot griddles and enemies for the invaders. The invaders tried to kill the spirit of jihad among the Afghans by using all kind of weapons such as arbitrariness, force, money, etc, but since the Afghans love their faith, belief, independence and national power, the invaders are, with the blessing of God, defeated and do not have any chances of victory....
(Description of Source: Peshawar Afghan Islamic Press in Pashto -- Peshawar Afghan Islamic Press in Pashto -- Peshawar-based agency, staffed by Afghans, that describes itself as an independent "news agency" but whose history and reporting pattern reveal a perceptible pro-Taliban bias; the AIP's founder-director, Mohammad Yaqub Sharafat, has long been associated with a mujahidin faction that merged with the Taliban's "Islamic Emirate" led by Mullah Omar; subscription required to access content; http://www.afghanislamicpress.com posted by Juan Cole 1/03/2010